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Discover West Sussex wine

Sussex is often referred to as the heartland of English winemaking for its warm climate, diverse soils and, of course, acres of beautiful countryside in which to enjoy tasting a variety of still and sparkling English wines.

Here in West Sussex we are blessed with a plethora of vineyards right on the doorstep, from award-winners and sparkling wines that give Champagne a serious run for its money, to new vines cropping up each year.

With wine tourism ever growing in popularity and many of our West Sussex experts waiting to welcome you to the wine county, we’ve rounded up the vineyards that you can tour, taste and experience for yourself.

Locations:

  • Chichester and South Downs National Park (SDNP)
  • Petworth and Pulborough
  • Worthing
  • Hassocks and Haywards Heath
  • East Grinstead and High Weald AONB

Travelling soon?  Please check opening dates and arrangements with individual vineyards.

Chichester and SDNP

Blackdown Ridge Estate, Haslemere

Sitting at the highest point of the Sussex Weald, of which its soil mirrors that of the Champagne region of France, Blackdown Ridge Estate planted its first vines in 2010 and produced its first sparkling wine in 2015.

Although not currently offering tours, the stunning estate has footpaths running through which welcomes visitors to explore the grounds and its selection of award-winning wines can be shopped online.

Tinwood Estate, Chichester

Since its first planting in 2007, the Tinwood Estate has become known for its outstanding selection of sparkling wines. A beautiful estate surrounded by wildflower meadows,

Regular tours of the vineyard conclude with a full tasting experience within the dedicated, ultra-modern tasting room, after which you can stay for an hour to enjoy some more drinks or even book a night’s stay in one of the luxury lodges – complete with a private terrace, wine fridge and barrel sauna!

Tinwood lodges

Petworth and Pulborough

Roebuck Estates, Petworth

The vineyards that make up Roebuck Estates are situated close to the pretty market town of Petworth. Aiming to produce a house style that displays richness, complexity and depth, all fruit comes from exceptional locations in West Sussex and the vineyards are planted with a carefully selected mixture of Champenoise and Burgundian clones that are best suited to each particular plot, providing a wealth of blending options to create the perfect sparkling wine.

The Roebuck Estates mantra is to only release a wine once they feel that is has reached optimum drinking potential. If that takes several years, then so be it.

Upperton Vineyards, Petworth

Upperton Vineyards is a small, family-run producer of English sparkling wine. With glorious panoramic views of the surrounding South Downs National Park and an outdoor terrace bar, it’s the perfect place to escape for some tranquil sights, sparkling wine served by the glass and a cheese board to share.

You can also arrange for a private tour of the vineyard and tasting with owner, Andy Rogers.

Stopham Vineyard, Pulborough

Stopham Vineyard began its journey in 2007, combining a passion for English wine and the changeable Sussex countryside. Grapes are grown, nurtured and hand-picked on the Estate to produce white and sparkling wines that are fruity, crisp and with a natural acidity.

You can join winemakers Simon or Tom on a tour of the vineyard and winery, followed by tutored tastings most Saturdays throughout wine season, with the option to enjoy lunch by the river.

“Stopham Estate’s vineyard position in West Sussex offers the perfect location for growing our chosen grape varieties (Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Bacchus, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) due to its low altitude, southerly aspect and free draining sandy soil. The vineyard also happens to be in an area of outstanding natural beauty and forms part of the South Downs National Park, of which we are very respectful in our vineyard practice.”

Wiston Estate, Pulborough

The Wiston Estate has been farmed by the Goring family for over 275 years and its vineyard was planted in 2006. Together with renowned winemaker, Dermot Sugrue, the family estate has produced varieties of sparkling white wines that have gone on to win awards year after year.

You can embark on a wine tour and tutored tasting package at Wiston Estate, visit for exciting food and wine pairing events or even gift the wine lover in your life with vouchers for tour experiences.

“West Sussex is an ideal location for growing vines as we have one of the warmest and driest climates in the UK, diverse soils and the rolling hills of the South Downs.

We’re fortunate that our growing season is usually long, allowing the grapes to reach optimal ripeness. At Wiston, we will often try to hold our nerve and not pick grapes until the middle of October, which helps to produce wines of great complexity and richness.”

Owners Harry and Pip on the Wiston Estate
Owners Harry and Pip on the Wiston Estate

Nutbourne Vineyard, Pulborough

One of the earlier vineyards within West Sussex, Nutbourne Vineyard has a reputation for its fantastic Reisling-style still wines and sparkling blends and has been managed by winemaker Owen Elias for almost 30 years.

A leisurely two to three-hour tour of the estate begins with tea, coffee and cake, before exploring the vineyard trail, visiting the winery and tasting four of the vineyard’s current releases in the Wine Lodge. Additional options include deli platters, a BBQ celebration and luxurious seated meals, making a unique venue for special occasions.

Nutbourne Vineyard

Nyetimber, West Chiltington

Another pioneer within the English wine industry, Nyetimber has been producing wine for over 30 years, yet came into its full potential when Eric Heerema took over the estate in 2006. The experienced winemaking team assess each of the estate’s handpicked vineyards to ensure optimal ripeness and gently press the fruits individually to understand their distinctive differences and make blending decisions.

A two-hour tour and tasting of award-winning sparkling wines concludes with the opportunity to purchase wines at cellar-door price, plus the price of your ticket redeemable against a case of six bottles. Plus, keep an eye out for one-off exclusive dining events with Michelin-starred chef, Michael Caines MBE.

Nyetimber

Ambriel, West Chiltington

Ambriel (Redfold Vineyards) is home to the international award-winning Ambriel Sparkling Wines, including the gold medalled Blanc de Blancs 2010. With complete control from grape to glass, Ambriel wines are crafted to reflect the terroir and are ‘Ebulliently English’.

Contact Ambriel to arrange  private tours and tastings or to stop by to purchase wines directly.

“The wine is bottled Sussex sunshine. Sip it and smile.”

Sun rising over the misty Downs at Ambriel

Worthing

Highdown Vineyard, Worthing

Sitting between Littlehampton and Worthing, the Highdown Vineyard doubles as a stunning event venue and scenic backdrop for weddings, private parties and all manners of celebrations. Ideal for group visits, tour and tasting packages can be personalised to include cream teas, canapes or a light lunch, and all are delivered in a casual, non-pretentious manner – making a great experience as part of a birthday, anniversary or wedding gift.

Hassocks and Haywards Heath

Albourne Estate, Hassocks

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Albourne Estate is a family-owned boutique vineyard nestled on the edge of the South Downs National Park and producing small quantities of quality still and sparkling English wines. Albourne’s smaller site was selected for its imperative growing conditions and allows its team to pay meticulous detail at every step of the winemaking process.

Full tour and tasting packages can be booked for Saturday mornings, with a walk around the vineyard to learn about the challenges and joys of growing grapes in the UK, see the specialist equipment involved in producing wine and, of course, enjoy a tutored tasting of the current releases in the new tasting room.

Bolney Wine Estate, Haywards Heath

Bolney Wine Estate began in 1972 as one of just six commercial vineyards in England. Since then, it has become a wine tourist destination for wine experts, West Sussex residents and visitors far and wide, for its varied collection of white, red, rose and sparkling wines, as well as more recent forays into producing gin and vermouth.

Throughout the year, a wide variety of tours, tastings and special events are held to delight your inner epicurean, including seasonal feasts, wine and food pairing and family-friendly trails. The onsite café and adjoining shop, The Eighteen Acre, is open regularly for breakfast, lunch, coffee and picnic boxes, or a spot of shopping for gifts and local produce.

Ridgeview Wine Estate, Hassocks

The Ridgeview story is a true family labour of love, extending to the wider team it has built to date. Close to the village of Ditchling, the vineyard is home to classic varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and has produced astounding sparkling wines to international acclaim.

Normally open daily for visitors and tours and tastings, you can sit back and enjoy sparkling wines by the glass in the wine garden throughout the summer, as well as hampers of local produce to sample alongside. Special events are held throughout the year, from Easter trails and food pairing experiences to the highly anticipated summer event, Ridgefest.

East Grinstead and High Weald AONB

Bluebell Vineyard Estate, Uckfield

Named for its setting amongst bluebell-filled woods, Bluebell Vineyard Estate sits on the edge of Ashdown Forest. Growing classic sparkling wine varieties and using traditional winemaking techniques in Sussex terroir, the Bluebell collection reflects the distinctly English stamp on sparkling wine with unique fruit character.

Wine tasting experiences at Bluebell Vineyard include the relaxed and informative tour and tasting, as well as options for cheese tasting, a classic pub lunch and even a bed and breakfast package.

Kingscote Estate, East Grinstead

Set within 150 acres of land, with fishing lakes and a 14th century Tithe barn, the Kingscote Estate began its journey as a vineyard in 2010 and produces award-winning still and sparkling wines. Under new ownership as of 2017, the vision at Kingscote Estate is to continue pursuing the dream of its late founder, Christian Monge, and build on the renowned Kingscote name.

Visitors can join tours and tastings with cream teas or lunch platters, use the fishing lakes or embark on self-guided walks around its two stunning trails.

Coming soon

One of the most exciting parts about Sussex wine is that the landscape continues to evolve and new winemakers plant grapevines in West Sussex soil year after year.

Here are just a few of the vineyards and estates to watch over the next few years.

Ashling Park

Ashling Park Estate’s grand tasting rooms and five luxury lodges, designed by William Hardie from TV’s Amazing Spaces, is set to open in summer 2020. Tours of the vineyard will be followed by wine tasting on a balcony that overlooks the vineyard, beautiful gardens and lakes of the estate.

Kinsbrook Vineyard

Kinsbrook Vineyard is due to open in 2020 with tours, a shop, café and accommodation all available.

Mannings Heath Estate

With 30 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier planted on the slopes of the Mannings Heath Estate, its first vintage sparkling wine is expected to be produced in 2023.

Dillions Vineyard

Dillions Vineyard is a brand-new wine estate, having commenced planting in 2019 to produce still and sparkling wines.

Coren Estate

The Coren Wine Estate commenced planting in 2020 and is in planning stages for its winery.

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